ABSTRACT

The globalization of capitalism that sees capital, goods and labour moving increasingly rapidly and in greater volume, though not more freely in labour’s case, is not occurring in an ideological vacuum. Capitalism’s triumph has occurred along with a virtual collapse not only of non-capitalist economics, but also of its moral and political censure. One of the ways we can measure this is by analysing the activities of organizations normally understood as progressive, leftwing, adversarial on behalf of the losers in the economic game and so on. This chapter analyses ‘reintegration’ strategies, one of the latest ways of ‘managing’ non-professional migrant workers in Asia. They include training in savings and investment, business planning and entrepreneurship and credit management, whose objectives are to help migrants to achieve some steady income above their wages, either as an alternative to continuing work overseas, or to augment remittances, and perhaps establish an income-generating project. For the nongovernment organizations (NGOs) involved, the long-term goal is to see migrant workers’ savings invested in sustainable economic projects that will aid national development and thus, eventually and in theory, negate the need for citizens to seek work abroad.